Re: How Bob Castellini helped The Banks get on track
Originally Posted by Sea Ray
--Yes it is a lease...a 50 yr lease. A long, long time. When you lease something, it's basically yours as long as the lease goes
--Right now when I go to a Reds game, I park on the street for free. I don't know that I'll have that option anymore if these meters stay on 'till 9pm. This is another tax I'll have to pay
--I believe Fountain Square is one of the garages that'll be impacted. It's the city garages that currently have cheap parking such as $1 for the first hr or whatever. It's not good for businesses to lose that perk. That's something that was started in order to help downtown businesses. If that was done to help bring folks downtown then it doesn't make sense to now say that "these are not the people the city should be focused on".
--This really hurts folks who live downtown and will now have to buy garage passes or something in order to park their cars. They've currently enjoyed the free parking after they get off work
--There's no telling if the MLK interchange or the 4th St project will ever happen because they rely on much more than this money in order to happen.
--This deal also includes extra "flush money" that the city can witter away and you bet they'll do exactly that. You don't want to give those idiots on city council drunked sailor money
My point is this: If you want to raise revenue by increasing parking costs, fine. Do it but do it openly. Don't sell it off. If this goes to a vote, it'll go down in flames.
-It's a 30-year lease to be controlled by the Port Authority, not 50 years.
-As much as John Cranley and the Republicans wants you to believe it, the Fountain Square garage is not impacted. It's funny to see Republicans so against privatizing something.
-Most people who live downtown have parking as part of their apartment or condo community. It will only impact their guests who have parked on the street for free after 5pm. The demand for center city rentals is off the charts right now and I don't think this proposal will curb it.
-The MLK interchange will happen. Gov. Kasich has made it a priority. This money will jumpstart it and allow the project to start much quicker.
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